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Heart Valve Repair

Patients needing repair or replacement of heart valves have several leading treatment options at Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute.

TAVR Procedure
Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute is the only provider in the Baton Rouge area of the Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is an innovative procedure for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not eligible for traditional open heart surgery. This less-invasive technology allows heart teams to replace a diseased aortic heart valve while the patient's heart is still beating without open-chest surgery.

TAVR enables the placement of a balloon-expandable heart valve into the body with a tube-based delivery system called a catheter. This tube-based system allows the valve to be inserted through an incision in the leg and into an artery (transfemoral procedure), or through an incision between the ribs and then through the bottom end of the heart called the apex (transapical procedure). The transapical procedure is only available to certain high-risk patients who are not candidates for the transfemoral procedure because they do not have appropriate access through their leg artery.

Your heart team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether the TAVR procedure is an appropriate therapeutic option. In certain cases, TAVR may not be an option because of co-existing medical conditions or disease processes that would prevent the patient from experiencing the expected treatment benefit or because the risks outweigh the benefits. For those who are candidates for TAVR, this therapy may provide relief from the often debilitating symptoms associated with severe symptomatic native aortic valve stenosis.

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